Placenta is not as sterile as once thought, it contains bacteria, viruses and fungi

May 21, 2014 11:45 PM

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E. coli, a bacteria that lives in the intestines of healthy individuals, was the species with the highest abundance in the placenta of most individuals.

HOUSTON, May 21 (UPI) --The placenta, once thought to be sterile, contains a unique placental microbiome -- an aggregate of microorganisms -- bacteria, viruses and fungi -- on the surface and in deep layers of tissue.

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